Are you ready to raft? I said, ARE YOU READY TO RAFT?
Sorry. Anyway, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has just now announced details of this year’s Adirondack Challenge, a daylong event to be held this Sunday to promote Adirondack tourism. You might remember last year’s challenge, when Cuomo faced off against then-NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
So here below are the details. Anyone want to bet on who’s going to pop his or her team’s raft? Or who’s an expert rafter? North Country Sen. Betty Little will be captaining the NYS Senate Republican Conference rafting team!
As part of the Challenge, Governor Cuomo will be participating in whitewater rafting Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, and numerous state and local officials and tourism industry representatives.
“The Adirondack Challenge is about highlighting the beauty and recreational opportunities available to visitors of the region, and New York’s second annual challenge will showcase everything the Adirondack’s has to offer like never before,” Governor Cuomo said. “Last year we set the bar high with a Challenge that drew a variety of tourism industry representatives, business leaders, and elected officials, and this year we are going even further.”
Governor Cuomo’s whitewater rafting team will include Sandra Lee and his daughters.
Additional rafts competing in this year’s Challenge include:
- · New York State Assembly Democratic Conference, captained by Speaker Sheldon Silver
· New York State Senate Republican Conference, captained by Senator Betty Little
· New York State Senate Independent Democratic Conference, captained by Leader Jeff Klein
· New York State Senate Democratic Conference, captained by Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
· Onondaga County, captained by County Executive Joanie Mahoney
· City of Albany, captained by Mayor Kathy Sheehan
· Western New York, captained by WNY Regional Council Co-Chair Howard Zemsky and Mayor Paul Dyster from Niagara Falls
In addition to whitewater rafting, the 2014 Adirondack Challenge offers participants the opportunity to go golfing, hiking, fishing, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, or take part on an Adirondack motorcycle ride. A Taste NY reception is also being held to highlight the many world-class food and beverage products that are made by local vendors.
Other participants in this year’s challenge include:
- · New York State Senators Hugh Farley, Diane Savino, David Valesky, Michael Gianaris, and Patty Ritchie
· New York State Assembly Members J. Gary Pretlow, Keith Wright, Marc Butler, Michael Cusick, Donna Lupardo, Kenneth Zebrowski, Addie Russell, Sam Roberts, Patricia Fahy, Angelo Santabarbara, Michaelle Solages, Daniel Stec, and Maritza Davila
· Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas
· Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Farber
· Franklin County Board of Supervisors Chairman D. Billy Jones
· St. Lawrence County Legislature Chairman Jonathan Putney
· Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen
· Larry Schwartz, Secretary to the Governor
· ESD President and CEO Kenneth Adams
· Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey
· DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens
· OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito
· SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher
· SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran
· SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling
· Clarkson University President and Regional Council Co-Chair Tony Collins
· Tourism Advisory Council Members Cristyne Nicholas, Thomas Mulroy, and John Ernst
· Adirondack Park Agency Chair Lani Ulrich
· NYS Canals Corp. Director Brian Stratton
· Parole Board Chairwoman Tina Stanford
· Division of Veterans Affairs Director Col. Eric Hesse
· Acting Director of the NYS Office for the Aging Corinda Crossdale
· Acting Commissioner of the Department of Human Rights Helen Foster
· Mohawk Vally Regional Council Co-Chair Lawrence T. Gilroy
· NYS AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs Suzy Ballantyne
· Buffalo Building & Construction Trades Council President Paul Brown
· Business Council of NYS President & CEO Heather Bricetti
· Olympians Chris Mazdzer and Andrew Weibrecht
In 2012 alone, tourism in the Adirondacks Region generated $1.24 billion in direct spending and $152 million in state and local taxes. This economic sector was integral to the region, attributing for 13,890 jobs, 17.9 percent of all employment in the region, and $332 million in labor income.